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ARTICLES ABOUT THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS ARE POSTED DAILY AND
UPDATES ARE ADDED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. GENERAL SPORTS NEWS LINKS ARE
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GIANTS' SUMMER QUESTIONNAIRE: DT LINVAL JOSEPH (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/giants_summer_questionnaire_de_1.html)

"And now, as we continue our <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/summer_questionnaire/index.html">Giants
summer questionnaire</a> series, it's time to visit with one of the more
overlooked members of the roster, defensive tackle Linval Joseph.


I say Joseph is overlooked because he plays one of the more thankless
positions on the team and also because he's careful with what he says and
doesn't like to draw attention to himself. Well, at least that's the way he's
been for the past two seasons. But Joseph, who had two sacks as a full-time
starter next to Chris Canty last year, has a pretty good personality that seems
to be peeking out now that he's experienced some on-field success and is
establishing himself as a veteran.</p>


Here's more from Joseph on his personality's coming-out party as well as
the foot issue that bothered him last season and <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/02/giants_mathias_kiwanuka_riding.html">required
surgery this past winter</a>:</p>


How have you been doing this offseason, given youíve been sidelined
and unable to participate fully in practice?</p>


Iím doing okay. Iím just working to get back strong, get the mental reps. Iím
ready for training camp.</p>


Do you feel you have enough experience to not have to worry about
missed time in the spring?</p>


I wouldnít call it like that. I donít want to miss any time at all. But at
the same time, Iím ready to get back.</p>


How much was that ankle bothering you last year?</p>


It was numb. I donít know if youíve ever had a numb foot before. It bothered
me a lot.</p>


For the whole season?</p>


The second half of the season. I just sucked it up, finished out the season
and won the Super Bowl. It was worth it.</p>


I donít recall you being on the injury report at all.</p>


I didnít say anything about it during the season. I told the trainers once in
a while, but I didnít say a lot about it.</p>


You didnít want to be listed on the injury report?</p>


Not at all.</p>


How did the injury affect you?</p>


Let me give you an example. Itís like your leg is asleep when youíre walking.
Thatís what it feels like. But when itís numb for a certain amount of time, you
learn how to play with it. You adapt to it.</p>


Was it something that happened at a specific point?</p>


No, I guess every week it just got worse and worse.</p>


And now that itís behind you?</p>


It feels great to get it fixed and be ready to go.</p>


Youíve been a somewhat quiet, soft-spoken guy the last few years. Do
you think as you get more comfortable people will see more of your
personality?</p>


Thatís just all part of the game. When you get comfortableÖ</p>


Rumor has it you have a pretty good personality.</p>


(Laughs) Everybodyís got a good personality down deep. I guess, like you say,
when you get comfortable, when you talk to more people, youíll be more
relaxed.</p>


Do you feel comfortable here?</p>


I wouldnít say that.</p>


My bad, thatís the wrong word. I know Tom Coughlin doesnít like that
word.</p>


Yeah, thatís the wrong word.</p>


How about this: do you feel closer to comfortable?</p>


(Pauses) Iím getting there. Iím getting there. After four years, when I get
my pension, then Iíll be comfortable. (Smiles)"</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

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</div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>
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GIANTS' GREAT LAWRENCE TAYLOR BRINGS FREE FOOTBALL CAMP TO HACKENSACK (http://www.northjersey.com/sports/162549576_Taylor-made_for_Hackensack.html)

"Lawrence Taylor last played in the NFL before any of the 140 kids who
attended his free football camp Friday at Hackensack (/hackensack)
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They still greatly appreciated that one of the greatest players in football
history spent an entire day with them.</p>


"It's not every day that you meet a legend like that, where he comes to your
school and does an all-day camp for everyone," said Brandon Davis, who'll be a
senior wide receiver/defensive back for Hackensack (/hackensack)
next season. "It was a good time, a very fun experience."</p>


Former Giants teammates Stephen Baker, Beasley Reese and Odessa Turner joined
Taylor in coaching and counseling campers, as did fellow ex-Giant Tiki
Barber.</p>


The often-embattled Taylor taught and motivated kids Friday, but the
Hall-of-Fame linebacker also encouraged them to make smart decisions. He wants
them to avoid the types of damaging mistakes he has made off the field both
during and after his celebrated career, most of which were the consequence of
abusing alcohol and drugs.</p>


"I was beyond pleased," said new Hackensack (/hackensack) coach
Benjie Wimberly, also a state assemblyman (D-Paterson (/paterson)).
"I was really impressed with how LT dealt with the kids and the fans.</p>


"He was really pleasant and the atmosphere was just really, really positive.
Not to be clichť, but this was just a great teaching moment, to have him talk to
kids about what he has been through, persevering and staying together with his
family."</p>


The camp, which was organized in conjunction with Boys &amp; Girls Clubs of
America, was the idea of two of Taylor's daughters, Paula and Tanisha. They
contacted Wimberly in the spring through a mutual friend just after the former
Paterson (/paterson) Catholic coach took over at Hackensack (/hackensack) and were instrumental in running the camp.</p>


"His daughters and son [T.J.] were unbelievable," said Wimberly, who didn't
hesitate to work with the polarizing Taylor because he felt the camp could help
so many kids. "They did it for their dad, not for notoriety or anything like
that, but because he needs to get out and do these types of things. As good as
it is for the kids to be around him, I think it was somewhat therapeutic for
him, also."</p>


Taylor, 53, has remained mostly out of the spotlight since he pled guilty in
March 2011 to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute misdemeanors after
allegedly paying an underage girl $300 to have sex with him two years ago in a
Suffern, N.Y., hotel room. He received six years probation as part of his plea
agreement.</p>


"Slowly but surely, he is getting his life back," said Wayne (/wayne)'s Mark Lepselter, Taylor's agent. "His life is going
forward. He's had his ups and downs ó there's no doubt about that. But he has
regained a lot of stability, the family has held together and his kids are very
much a part of his life, thank God."</p>


Taylor, a Miami resident, was the guest of honor at the Hackensack (/hackensack) Football Pasta Dinner on Thursday night in Little Ferry (/littleferry). He told stories at the fundraiser and at
the camp about all of his fond memories of Hackensack.</p>


He often trained at Hackensack (/hackensack)'s field while he
played for the Giants and lived in <a href="/uppersaddleriver">Upper Saddle
River</a>. Little Richard's Restaurant, on nearby First Street, was one of his
favorite eateries.</p>


"It actually brought back so many memories for me because I worked out on
that field back in the day," said Taylor, who wants to conduct the camp again
next year. "My daughters suggested we should do this, and I have to give them
major applause for making it all come together.</p>


"The coaches from Hackensack (/hackensack) High and really
everyone who pitched in, I was extremely appreciative."</p>


The feeling was mutual, especially among the Hackensack (/hackensack) players who are eager to begin the Comets'
first season with Wimberly running the program.</p>


"It definitely motivated us to work harder," said Jordan Coleman, who'll be a
senior running back/linebacker next season. "We want to not just make [Taylor]
proud, but make the rest of the city proud."</p></div>http://www.northjersey.com/sports/pro_sports/football/
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NYET

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GIANTS' LINVAL JOSEPH COULD BE THE KEY TO IMPROVEMENT ON DEFENSIVE LINE IN 2012 (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/16/new-york-giants-linval-joseph-could-be-key-to-improvement-on-defensive-line-in-2012/)

"There are several areas on the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants roster that will have to answer some
serious questions throughout training camp and into the regular season, but the
defensive line is not one of them. The Giants have, arguably, the best defensive
line in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/).



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With the trio of Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Osi Umenyiora" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/osi-umenyiora/" rel="tag nofollow">Osi
Umenyiora</a>at defensive end, opposing offensive lines are going to have a
hard time keeping Big Blue away from their quarterback as it is. However, after
getting in his first full season as a starter in 2011, defensive tackle Linval
Josesph could be the key for the Giants to take their defensive line play to the
next level.</p>


Joseph was selected by the Giants with the 46th pick of the 2010 NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) draft.
Although many expected him to have an immediate impact at defensive tackle,
Joseph had a hard time getting on the field while playing behind veterans Barry
Cofield, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Chris Canty" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/chris-canty/" rel="tag nofollow">Chris
Canty</a>, and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Rocky Bernard" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/rocky-bernard/" rel="tag nofollow">Rocky
Bernard</a>.</p>


In fact, Joseph only saw 63 snaps throughout his entire rookie year, almost
all of which came in the final two games of the season. Although he played
fairly inconsistently during the short amount of playing time he saw during his
rookie campaign, Joseph showed signs that he possessed the potential to
transform into a capable NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) starter.</p>


Fast forward to the 2011 season, and <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Linval Joseph" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/linval-joseph/" rel="tag nofollow">Linval
Joseph</a> earned a starting spot at defensive tackle in training camp after the
departure of Barry Cofieldto the Washington Redskins (http://www.giants101.com/tag/washington-redskins/) in the offseason. However, Joseph
once again began the season with inconsistent play, combining for just 13
tackles and zero sacks throughout the first six games before the team's bye
week.</p>


However, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Linval Joseph" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/linval-joseph/" rel="tag nofollow">Linval
Joseph</a>'s coming out party actually occurred during a Week 13 loss to the
Green Bay Packers. Joseph had nine tackles throughout the course of the game,
and helped limit the Green Bay rushing attack to 2.0 yards per carry between the
tackles. For the first time in his career, Joseph consistently overmatched an
opposing offensive line for an entire contest. He carried his outstanding
performance into the playoffs, and was rated by ProFootball Focus (http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/06/07/secret-superstar-linval-joseph-dt-new-york-giants/) as the best defensive tackle in
the postseason (ahead of players such as Vince Wilfork and Haloti Ngata).
Although Joseph did not record a single sack in the playoffs, he forced more
quarterback pressures than any other player at his position.</p>


This season, Joseph should continue to improve. With all the threats that the
Giant's have coming off the edge, Joseph's size (6'4" / 330lb) and strength in
the middle should become a massive problem for opposing offensive lines. Without
the ability to double-team him, team's are going to give LinvalJoseph the
opportunity to beat them at the line of scrimmage.</p>


However, the reason the third-year player out of East Carolina could be the
X-factor on the Giants defensive line this season is mainly because of where he
plays. Joseph only had two sacks last season. Perhaps it was by design, or maybe
it was just because he was inexperienced. But he most definitely has the
potential to improve upon those numbers.</p>


Furthermore, against a single blocker, Joseph's size and strength will enable
him to bring pressure right up the middle. Although quarterbacks already have
fits with the Giants' edge pass rushers, there is nothing worse than to have a
6'4"/ 330lb monster coming right up the middle every single play. This can be
disruptive not only to an opposing offenses passing game, but it can force
running backs to bounce plays to the outside, where the Giants' speedy defensive
ends should be able to make the play.</p>


When one closely examines the Giants schedule from last year, the defense had
a problem in the beginning of the season stopping the opposing team's rushing
attacks. Whether it was Tim Hightower of the Washington Redskins (http://www.giants101.com/tag/washington-redskins/), Fred Jackson of the Buffalo Bills,
or Reggie Bush of the Miami Dolphins, several running backs were able to help
teams that had significantly less talent than the Giants to stay in the game by
carving up the team's run defense.</p>


If <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Linval Joseph" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/linval-joseph/" rel="tag nofollow">Linval
Joseph</a> can step up, improve his technique, and produce on a more consistent
basis, not only will he open up the opportunities for his teammates on the
outside, but, along with <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Chris Canty" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/chris-canty/" rel="tag nofollow">Chris
Canty</a>, he can help shutdown opponents rushing attacks between the tackles.
This could help minimize the fact the Big Blue does not have a true run-stopping
line backer in the middle of the field.</p>


The Giants defensive line would be good even without <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Linval Joseph" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/linval-joseph/" rel="tag nofollow">Linval
Joseph</a>. However, for a guy with his size, strength, and athletic ability, he
has the potential to produce more than we have seen from him. He has yet to hit
his ceiling as an NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) player, and
if he comes closer to doing so this season, the Giants could have one of the
greatest defensive lines in recent NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) history.</p>GIANTS' JULIAN TALLEY LOOKS TO DISTINGUISH HIMSELF IN TRAINING CAMP (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/16/new-york-giants-wr-julian-talley-looks-to-distinguish-himself-in-training-camp/)

"Almost immediately after he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of
UMass, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> wide receiver Julian Talley began hearing the comparisons to <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a>. Both are from New Jersey, went to the same college, play the same
position, failed to get drafted, and signed with the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> right out of college. The similarities are striking and it has
created a stir within the fan base that maybe Talley could be the Giants' next
breakout star.



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Although those predictions are premature, and maybe even unfair, Talley still
has a lot to prove if he wants to remove himself from the shadow of <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a>. As a junior at UMass, Talley caught 56 passes for 747 yards and went
on to make the All-CAASecond Team. As a senior, he failed to garner any
postseason accolades; however, he improved his production to 60 catches for 759
yards. Talley was able to stay consistent in his production even without having
a talented quarterback to get him the ball. That being said, the transition from
college to the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) for a wide
receiver can often be daunting. When asked about how he expects that transition to go (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/07/giants_summer_questionnaire_wr_2.html), Talley
stressed focusing on fundamentals.</p>
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"You hear it all the time, from high school to college, college to the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/): it's about
the adjustment to the speed of the game and doing the little detailed things,
the little fundamentals. You really got to stress those and if you get those
down, you'll be successful," he said.</p></blockquote>


On the field, Talley has an intriguing combination of size (6'1") and
explosiveness. He does not possess the straight away speed (4.60 40-yard dash)
that <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a> has shown. However, he has an athletic build and showed off a 41.5-inch
vertical leap at the UMass pro day. With his athleticism, Talley could become a
productive NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) player if he
can improve his route running ability.</p>


However, Talley's problem this offseason is going to be that he is trying to
make the team at one of the hardest positions possible. With <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Hakeem Nicks" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/hakeem-nicks/" rel="tag nofollow">Hakeem
Nicks</a>, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Victor Cruz" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/victor-cruz/" rel="tag nofollow">Victor
Cruz</a>, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Domenik Hixon" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/domenik-hixon/" rel="tag nofollow">Domenik
Hixon</a>, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Rueben Randle" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/rueben-randle/" rel="tag nofollow">Rueben
Randle</a>, JerrelJernigan, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Ramses Barden" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/ramses-barden/" rel="tag nofollow">Ramses
Barden</a>, and maybe even Dan DePalma (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/12/new-york-giants-wr-dan-depalma-expects-big-things-in-2012/) ahead of him on the depth chart, Talley
is going to have to make some serious plays to even make the practice squad, let
alone the 53-man roster. However, the overwhelming odds against Talley are not
deterring him from being eager to get into training camp.</p>
<blockquote>


"I'm definitely trying to step it up a little bit. The older guys have done a
great job of showing me things and helping me come along, but I feel like I've
come along and things are starting to click for me in the whole offense and I'm
very excited going into training camp," he said.</p></blockquote>


The Giants have enough young, talented wide receivers that they most likely
will not keep Julian Talley after training camp concludes. Furthermore, the team
has enough project wide receivers in <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jerrel Jernigan" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jerrel-jernigan/" rel="tag nofollow">Jerrel
Jernigan</a> and RamsesBarden that there will most likely not be enough reps in
practice to get Talley the opportunities he needs to prove himself. That being
said, he seems to be saying and doing all the right things, so do not be
surprised if another undrafted free agent rookie out of UMass turns some heads
during training camp this preseason."</p>
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GIANTS' DAVID WILSON: "I NEED TO BE READY TO GO" (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/16/new-york-giants-david-wilson-i-need-to-be-ready-to-go/)

"All things considered, it's been a relatively quiet offseason for New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/)
Giants rookie running back <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with David Wilson" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/david-wilson/" rel="tag nofollow">David
Wilson</a>. Since being drafted in the first-round of the 2012 NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) Draft, he's
made few public appearances and done very little in the way of drawing off-field
attention. And as he tells Pat Traina of Inside Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/), that's because he needs to be prepared to contribute (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4713?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter) when called upon by head
coach Tom Coughlin.



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"I want to learn the playbook, I want to keep myself in the best possible
shape because when camp starts, I need to be ready to go," Wilson said. "They
drafted me to come in here to make plays, not mess them up."</p></blockquote>


Wilson is often praised for being a tremendously hard worker with an incredible attitude (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/27/new-york-giants-david-wilson-brings-home-run-threat-high-character-to-big-apple/), and he's already demonstrated that
thoroughly. During a down time in which many NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) athletes, both veterans and rookies, are finding
themselves in trouble with the law, Wilson has found himself quietly preparing
for the next big chapter in his life.</p>
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"I just want to go out there, be on the field, and contribute to the team in
some way. One step at a time," he added.</p></blockquote>


Following rookie mini-camp, several of Wilson's teammates and coaches were
quick to praise him. Not just because of his work ethic, but because of his
unique athletic ability that offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride called
"explosive." Quarterback Eli Manning also raved about how quickly he was picking
up the offense and playbook, but cautioned that Wilson may not see the field
until he had a full grasp on everything the team was doing offensively.</p>


Earlier this month, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk speculated that D.J. Ware had the inside track (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/06/new-york-giants-d-j-ware-emerges-as-early-favorite-to-win-backup-rb-job/) on the job to back-up Ahmad
Bradshaw, and obviously nothing has changed since then. If Wilson is to earn
more reps and an increased role, it's going to happen at Training Camp in Albany
which begins (first practice) on July 27th."</p>
DALLAS COWBOYS' JASON WITTEN HINTS ELI MANNING IS A BETTER QB THAN TONY ROMO (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/15/dallas-cowboys-jason-witten-hints-that-eli-manning-is-a-better-qb-than-tony-romo/)

"On the heels of <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Amani Toomer" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/amani-toomer/" rel="tag nofollow">Amani
Toomer</a> calling Dallas (http://www.giants101.com/tag/dallas/) Cowboys' Tony Romo (http://www.giants101.com/tag/tony-romo/)
the premiere quarterback in the NFC East (http://www.giants101.com/2012/07/05/retired-new-york-giants-wr-amani-toomer-tony-romo-a-better-quarterback-than-eli-manning/), tight end <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Jason Witten" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/jason-witten/" rel="tag nofollow">Jason
Witten</a> was quick to accept the compliment on behalf of his teammate, but
stopped short of agreeing with the retired wide receiver. Although he
acknowledged his belief that Romo is an elite athlete, he wouldn't go as far as
to say he's more talented or valuable than Eli Manning.



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"I think he's an elite league quarterback," Witten said of Romo (http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4693885/jason-witten-responds-to-amani-toomer-comments). "Many people have said that. I think
that's great that Amani said that, but at the end of the day, Eli is a Super
Bowl champ. He's won two out of the last five years. They're doing a lot of good
things right up there. They're the poster boys of how you do it and not let
adversity get in the way because of where they're at."</p></blockquote>


It's an interesting stance for Witten to take, but being complimentary of Big
Blue is nothing new for him. Back in early April, he praised both Martellus Bennet and tight end coach Mike Pope (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/04/dallas-cowboys-jason-witten-believes-martellus-bennett-is-perfect-match-for-new-york-giants-offense/),
saying he expects big things from his former teammate in 2012.</p>


More to the point, the support for Toomer's argument has been greatly
lacking. Even Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in late January that the biggest difference between the two teams is Eli Manning (http://www.giants101.com/2012/01/24/jerry-jones-difference-between-dallas-cowboys-new-york-giants-is-eli-manning/). Needless to
say, the endorsements for Romo, either before or after Toomer's comments, have
not been ringing.</p>


In seven years in the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/), Romo has one playoff win, while Manning has earned
himself two Super Bowl MVP awards. If you want to win football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
games, you take Easy-E. If you want to win your fantasy league, you take
Romo."</p>http://www.giants101.com/

<u><font size="4">BIG BLUE VIEW</font></u><span id="entry_flag_counts_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition" class="flag-counts"><span class="light"></span> </span><span id="entry_flag_links_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition"></span>

NEW YORK GIANTS: 10 DAYS, TEN QUESTIONS (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/16/3162089/new-york-giants-10-days-10-questions-training-camp-2012-nfl-season#storyjump)

"There are just 10 days remaining until the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
report for 2012 training camp at UAlbany, as Mike pointed out (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/16/3162021/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-ten-days-away-from-camp-edition)earlier on Monday. So, appropriately I think,
here are 10 questions to ponder about the defending Super Bowl champions as
football season approaches again.<div class="entry-body">
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn0.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v59c7267.jpg</p>


1. Will Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks)
Be Healthy When The Season Opens? Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz)
swears Nicks will be ready, and Nicks has also been adamant his broken foot will
heal in time. But, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16768/ahmad-bradshaw">Ahmad
Bradshaw</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/130895/prince-amukamara">Prince
Amukamara</a> serve as examples that foot injuries are tricky. So, we shall
see.</p>


2. Can Cruz Do It Again? After salsa-dancing his way into the hearts
of Giants fans, and catching and running his way into the team's record books,
what kind of follow-up season will Cruz have? The wide receiver spent the
offseason making what seemed like a gazillion appearances and writing a book.
Can he focus completely on playing football once camp starts?</p>


3. What Can Marvin Austin Do? The Giants drafted the big, talented
defensive tackle from North Carolina in the second round a season ago. But,
after spending last season in injured reserver with a torn pectoral muscle
Austin has not played in two years.</p>


4. Who Will Be The Middle Linebacker? <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2207/chase-blackburn">Chase
Blackburn</a> will be listed as No. 1 when camp starts, but <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131182/mark-herzlich">Mark
Herzlich</a> and Keith Rivers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34370/keith-rivers)
will be banging on the door trying to take some -- or all -- of the playing time
at that spot.</p>


5. Will Will Beatty Be Healthy? Beatty's eye is fine after he suffered
a detached retina. Beatty, though, did not practice during OTAs or mini-camp due
to a back injury suffered while working out. Offensive coordinator Kevin
Gilbride has expressed concern about his starting left tackle, so Beatty's
health will be a major focus in Albany.</p>


6. Who Will Be The Third Wide Receiver? We have talked about this at
great length. Your candidates are <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71289/ramses-barden">Ramses
Barden</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/154892/reuben-randle">Reuben
Randle</a>, <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131123/jerrel-jernigan">Jerrel
Jernigan</a> and <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2934/domenik-hixon">Domenik
Hixon</a>.</p>


7. Which Undrafted Free Agents Will Make The Team? There are plenty of
candidates here. Safety Will Hill, safety/cornerback <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155782/janzen-jackson">Janzen
Jackson</a>, wide receiver <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/156482/brandon-collins">Brandon
Collins</a>, running back Joe Martinek (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155783/joe-martinek)
and middle linebacker Jake Muasau (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155784/jake-muasau)
are the most likely possibilities.</p>


8. Can The Giants Run The Ball Better? They have first-round draft
choice David Wilson (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152687/david-wilson),
and they have made some changes to the offensive line after their league-worst
rushing effort a season ago. Will it help?</p>


9. Which Running Backs Make The Team? Behind Ahmad Bradshaw and
Wilson, that is anybody's guess. Martinek, D.J. Ware (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1283/d-j-ware), Da'Rel Scott (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131043/da-rel-scott)
and Andre Brown (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71293/andre-brown) are
likely in a dogfight for two spots. Your guess is as good as mine when it comes
to who will end up on the 53-man roster from that group.</p>


10. What Will Martellus Bennett Do? The Giants signed Bennett in hopes
that he would fill their tight end void this season. There are plenty of
doubters, so watching how Bennett progresses will be interesting."</p></div>

BIG BLUE VIEW PRESEASON ALL NFC-EAST TEAM -- DEFENSIVE TACKLE (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/16/3158999/big-blue-view-preseason-all-nfc-east-team-defensive-tackle)

"Today we move to the defensive side of the ball as we continue or
position-by-position voting to determine the Big Blue View Preseason All-NFC
East Team.


Here are your nominees.</p>


Chris Canty (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3394/chris-canty), Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) -- Canty
is a player who's value is not truly reflected in his numbers. He is a
space-eater who takes on double teams and allows others to make plays. Canty had
four sacks, 63 tackles and +5.6 rating from Pro Football Focus last season.</p>


<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108661/linval-joseph">Linval
Joseph</a>, Giants -- Proved to be a solid player in his first season of
regular action a year ago. Joseph had two sacks, 63 tackles and a PFF rating of
+1.1. His best football is likely still ahead of him.</p>


Jay Ratliff (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3431/jay-ratliff), Cowboys (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/dallas-cowboys) -- The
Dallas nose tackle has made the Pro Bowl four consecutive years. Last season he
had two sacks, 39 tackles and a PFF rating of +18.6.</p>


Barry Cofield (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2212/barry-cofield),
Redskins (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/washington-redskins) --
The former Giant transitioned from defensive tackle to pure nose tackle in his
first season with Washington, and did an acceptable job. He had three sacks, 26
tackles and a PFF score of -5.7.</p>


Fletcher Cox (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152659/fletcher-cox),
Eagles (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/philadelphia-eagles) --
Philadelphia drafted Cox, from Mississippi Stat,e, 12th overall in the first
round in an effort to shore up the middle of their defense. The SB Nation
scouting report calls the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Cox a "top-end athlete with
excellent speed."</p>


<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1955/cullen-jenkins">Cullen
Jenkins</a>, Eagles -- Had 5.5 sacks and 48 tackles in 2011, his first year
with Philadelphia after seven seasons with the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/green-bay-packers">Green Bay
Packers</a>. Jenkins received a +15.3 grade from PFF.</p>
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Vote in the poll below.</p>
<fieldset class="poll-box"><legend>Poll</legend>
<h5 class="poll-title">Who should be the defensive tackles on the 2012 Big Blue
View Preseason All-NFC East Team?</h5>
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NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: TEN DAYS AWAY FROM TRAINING CAMP EDITION (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/7/16/3162021/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-ten-days-away-from-camp-edition)

"Good morning fellow Giants fans. No, this isn't your Hump Day countdown. I am
merely pointing out that training camp for the Giants opens a week from
Thursday. Football talk is really going to be in the air, and we're talking more
than when players spout off at promotional appearances, write books or the one
Tom Coughlin loves--getting in trouble (which, knock wood, has not happened
since David Diehl (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2214/david-diehl) got
drunk and stupidly got behind the wheel). Anyway, that does mean we are still in
a slow news zone, but only for another week...<div class="entry-body">


<a href="http://bdtonline.com/prosports/x471599770/Bradshaw-signs-in">Bradshaw
signs in " Pro Sports " Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield,
WV</a>
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16768/ahmad-bradshaw">Ahmad
Bradshaw</a> was thinking ahead on Sunday. The two-time Super Bowl champion and
Bluefield native talked about what motivated him to return to the area for a
"signing event," and what he sees as his role and those of other running backs
on the roster of the world champion <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants">New York
Giants</a>.</p>


<a href="http://www.news-journal.com/sports/marshall-native-nfl-legend-proud-of-ark-la-tex-honor/article_af7257a4-9c9b-5236-b36a-9602749b77a1.html">Marshall
native, NFL legend proud of Ark-La-Tex honor - Longview News-Journal:
Sports</a>
Heís a seven-time Pro Bowler, a three-time All-Pro
selection, a four-time NFL Most Valuable Player and had his No. 14 jersey
retired by the New York Giants. He was even the first professional football
player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, but a recent bout of
recognition has legend and Marshallís own Y.A. Tittle grinning from ear to ear.
Tittle is one of five who will join a group of 118 past inductees as members of
the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions at a 7 p.m. ceremony on Aug. 4 in the
Shreveport Convention Center.</p>


<a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/dream_cruz_AnLdV0AmIeXO4NJiUDpUNK?utm_medium=rss&amp;u tm_content=Giants">New
York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz enjoying success -
NYPOST.com</a>
A few days ago Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz)
ran into Vernon Davis (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2076/vernon-davis),
the 49ers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/san-francisco-49ers)í dynamic
tight end, and the two exchanged pleasantries. That is one subtle example of how
the life of Victor Cruz, in one year, has changed so dramatically.</p>
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<a href="http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2012/07/new_york_giants_quarterback_el_3.html">New
York Giants quarterback Eli Manning comments on Saints' pay-for-performance
program - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com</a>
Manning
spoke Friday during a media session at the Manning Passing Academy, held at
Nicholls State University. "Obviously, it's big news for the Saints (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-orleans-saints) and
around New Orleans," Manning said. "I still keep up with what's going on. I
think for the most part, from what I hear, there was a bounty. There was a
system. It was going on. I think (NFL Commissioner Roger) Goodell and the NFL
made the right decisions."</p>


<a href="http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2012/07/photos-manning-passing-academy/39490/">Photos:
Manning Passing Academy ó Denver Post Photos, Video | Denver Post Photos,
Video</a>
Photos: Manning Passing Academy</p>


<a href="http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2012/07/15/1190172?sac=fo.sports">FayObserver.com
- Former Lumberton lineman Sean Locklear settles in with Super Bowl champion New
York Giants</a>
Sean Locklear (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2318/sean-locklear)
received one special ring this summer, but hopes to add another sometime next
February.</p>


You came to the right place, my friend.</p>


<a href="http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2012/07/14/new-york-giants-apparel-and-accessories-available-myhotelectronicscom">New
York Giants Apparel and Accessories Available at myhotelectronics.com |
Virtual-Strategy Magazine</a>
My Hot Electronics announces that the
store will be a carrier of New York Giants apparel and accessories, including
their SuperBowl XLVI merchandise, commemorating the win over the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-england-patriots">New England
Patriots</a> at the end of the 2011 season in Indianapolis.</p>


<a href="http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4628">Giants 2012
Training Camp Preview: Receivers | Inside Football</a>
Part 3 of our
2012 training camp preview examines the receivers.</p>


<a href="http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_21082126/dents-saints-armor">NFC
breakdown: Dents in New Orleans Saints' armor - The Denver
Post</a>
While the Saints try to right their ship, look for the Green Bay Packers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/green-bay-packers)
and New York Giants to remain NFC powers. The Packers won the Super Bowl that
closed the 2010 season and were 15-1 last season before being upset by the
Giants in the playoffs. The Giants won the Super Bowl for the second time in
five years.</p>


Wow, did someone actually put the Giants up there where they belong? Uh-oh.
We actually do not want that to happen too much.</p>


<a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/07/victor-cruz-21-questions-donuts.html">Victor
Cruz Must Have Entenmannís Doughnuts in His House at All Times -- Daily
Intel</a>
When's the last time you drove a car? Two days ago, to a
7-Eleven. I was running out of doughnuts and I had a craving. I always have to
have a six pack or twelve pack of Entenmann's doughnuts in my house, no other
brand. If Entenmann's is reading this, I like the glazed ones.</p>


This stuff always interests me, but did they actually ask Cruz what his
favorite medication is? Is that not dangerous territory?"</p></div>http://www.bigblueview.com/section/news



<u><font size="4">INSIDE FOOTBALL</font></u>

SUMMERTIME BLOG BITS: RB DAVID WILSON (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4713)

"In todayís blog bit, we hear from running back David Wilson, the Giantsí
first round draft pick.<span id="more-4713"></span>


Q. Since arriving here, youíve seen pretty laid back as compared to
some of your fellow rookies. How have you managed to keep your cool, and what is
going to be the key to keeping it when training camp starts?
A. I
think itís important to go with the flow and be yourself. If you are too
uptight, youíre going to mess up the plays. They drafted me to come in here to
make plays, not mess them up.</p>


Q. When you were in college, did you work mostly with or without a
fullback?
A. A little bit of both. Iím used to all kinds of
formations and schemes so if they want me to work more with a fullback than
without, Iím confident I can adjust.</p>


Q. I know itís early and you are still trying to get your head into
the playbook, but have you managed to get a sense about what personality this
running game is going to have in 2012?
A. I think it will be
somewhere between smash mouth and finesse. To me, running the ball is running
the ball. I can run it inside between the tackles or to the outside. Weíll see
what happens when we get to camp if thatís something (the coaches) want to
adjust and work with me and Ahmad and the other running backs to make the
offense a little more versatile.</p>


Q. How realistic do you think it is to expect to see you on the field
on opening day?
A. I havenít really thought about that yet. I just
want to go out there, be on the field, and contribute to the team in some way.
One step at a time.</p>


Q. On a lighter note, you and Ahmad are both from Virginia. What is
it about the football programs down there that sets the stage for success in
college and the NFL?
A. (Laughs) I think when you bring a country
boy to the city, heís still going to be a country boy., meaning we work just as
hard as anyone and we donít take anything for granted. We also take tremendous
pride in what we do.</p>


Q. Beside enjoying the downtime, whatís on your plate for the next
few weeks before camp?
A. Lots of studying. I want to learn the
playbook, I want to keep myself in the best possible shape because when camp
starts, I need to be ready to go."</p>GIANTS' 2012 TRAINING CAMP PREVIEW: TIGHT ENDS (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4659)

"Part 4 of our 2012 training camp preview examines the tight ends.
<span id="more-4659"></span>


The Players: Bear Pascoe, Martellus Bennett, Adrien Robinson
(R), Larry Donnell, Ryan Purvis, Travis Beckum</p>


The Storylines: Last season, starting tight end Jake Ballard
finished with 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns. Replacing that
production shouldnít be too difficult, and the hope is that whoever emerges as
the pass receiving tight end can show just enough consistency to make opposing
defensive coordinators pay extra attention to the tight end position, which
would open up things for the receivers.</p>


Whatís going to be more of a challenge is finding guys who can contribute to
the run blocking party. Last year, the blocking from the tight end spot was just
as much to blame for the difficulties in the running game, so if the Giants can
get more consistency from the position, the running game should be that much
more improved.</p>


The other story line to watch is Bennettís development. In recent memory, I
canít recall any player whoís been as hotly debated as Bennett, whom, according
to who you read, is either a misunderstood talent that never really got a fair
chance in Dallas because of Jason Witten, or who is a total slacker who marches
to the beat of his own drummer.</p>


Bennettís showing at minicamp was inconclusive, mainly due to his hamstring
injury. His weight issue, in my opinion, is not a big deal as any extra bulk, so
long as itís kept in moderation, should help him with his blocking if that added
bulk is muscle.</p>


Bennett may or may not be the long-term answer, but heís going to get the
opportunity to show that he belongs. What he does with those opportunities
remains to be seen.</p>


Keep an Eye On: Robinson, the rookie fourth round draft
pick, is going to get a crash curse this summer from position coach Mike Pope,
who is hoping to make up for some time lost between the two thanks to Robinsonís
school running through the end of May. Robinson has wonderful size, but his
technique shown in the spring clearly needs some polishing as at times in going
against a blocking sled, his pads were too high. Heíll also need to adapt to the
lift and move technique that Pope teaches the tight ends.</p>


Predictions: Assuming there are no injuries, the tree tight
ends should be Pascoe, Bennett, and Robinson. As for Beckum, heíll almost
certainly begin the year on PUP as for him to rush back after having his knee
surgery at the end of February is probably a risk.</p>


Once Beckumís time on PUP is up, whether heís added to the 53-man roster will
largely depend on injuries, of course, and how far along Robinson is in his
development. If there are no injuries, Beckum, who will be an unrestricted free
agent after this season, will likely stay on PUP, as I doubt that if the trio of
Bennett, Pascoe and Robinson are healthy, the Giants will add a fourth tight end
to the mix (unless fullback Henry Hynoski is sidelined and the team needs Pascoe
at fullback).</p>


Also I wouldnít be shocked if the Giants try to get Hopkins back on the
practice squad following camp. Although the team drafted Robinson and signed
Bennett as a free agent, given the fact that Pascoe, Bennett, and Beckum will
all be UFAs after the season, it would make sense for the team to try to keep a
guy such as Hopkins around given his familiarity with the offense, as the
likelihood of the Giants re-signing all three of their upcoming UFAs at tight
end is probably not good."</p>http://www.insidefootball.com/



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2012 GIANTS' MAKE OR BREAK CANDIDATE: RAMSES BARDEN (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/2012_new_york_giants_make_or_break_candidate_ramse s_barden/11231338)

"Ramses Barden had big expectations coming out of
college when the<a href="http://www.rantsports.com/new-york-giants/"> New York
Giants</a> drafted him in 2009. Barden is a big 6í6Ē wide receiver and
was to supposed to be the big redzone threat for the Giants in the same vein as
Plaxico Burress was. Barden has 15 catches in his
career so far.


Barden has had a bunch of injuries throughout his career, missing a lot of
time. Heís really fallen down on the depth chart. Coming out of a small school
in Cal-Poly, there is going to be and adjustment to the NFL level. The problem
is is that its year three and the fact that itís time for him to step up and
stay healthy and play.</p>


With all the questions the Giants have at wide receiver, heíd be a nice piece
to fit in that spot. A big guy in the slot or even the redzone producing is just
the way the Giants drew it up. Heís probably about fifth or sixth on the depth
chart right now, but a productive training camp and good health you never know.
If heís not productive, he could be on the chopping block in a roster crunch as
well.</p>


The way the NFL is right now, you need as many productive pass catchers as
you can get. If Barden can show that he can produce then he might be another
option for Eli Manning this year. If not, he may
not make it to September 6."
</p>##

ELI MANNING SHOWS HE IS THE MAN (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/eli_manning_shows_he_is_the_man/11227828)

"In 2011, Eli Manning was snubbed by his peers who excluded him from<i id="yui_3_2_0_19_134210027934877">their[/i]top 100 list. Hell, he may not even
have been in the top 200 for all we know.
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And how did Eli
respond?

By publicly stating he is an elite QB who belongs in the same
discussion with Brady-Rodgers-Brees, then backing it upwith a fantastic season.
He threw his team on his back and performed brilliantly in leading them to
another miraculous win over New England to claim the Lombardi
Trophy.

That's right - miraculous.

The first 9-7 team to win a
world championship - defeating great teams along the way like the Packers, 49ers
and Patriots.

We all know it ended with Manning taking home his second
Super Bowl MVP award byagainout-dueling the great Tom Brady. But his
path in duplicating the 2007 feat was far more impressive in 2011. Back in 2007,
the Giants had the league's best defense orchestrated by defensive guru
coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The team's formula for success began with defense,
supplemented by a conservative offensive attack, focused on a ball control
running game and elimination of turnovers. Manning was more of a 'manager' then
the prime facilitator of the offense.

Not many people gave the 2007 wild
card Giants a chance of getting past the divisional round, no less winning a
world championship. One big reason was the general perception that Manning
wasn't capable of leading the team to these heights. Based on his statistical
record alone, that would appear to have been a reasonable assumption. He had a
poor touchdown to interception ratio of<b id="yui_3_2_0_18_134220244320173">23 /
20[/b]. His average passing yards per game was, get this -<b id="yui_3_2_0_18_134220244320178">208.5[/b]. And he sported a less than pedestrian
passer rating of<b id="yui_3_2_0_18_134220244320183">73.9[/b], the worst since
his rookie season. Meanwhile, the Giants had one of the league's premier running
attacks led by Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward. Of course once
the playoffs began, Eli upped his game committing one lone turnover in 4
victories and making the big play whenever needed.</div>
<div style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34)" id="yui_3_2_0_18_134220244320150"></div>
<div style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34)" id="yui_3_2_0_18_134220244320150">2011's circumstances presented a much greater
challenge for Manning. Although the defense came around in time for the
playoffs, it was not one of the league's better units during the regular season.
This was largely due to a myriad of injuries. The much maligned defense was
porous and often exploited. So much so that it was incapable of stopping
opposing offenses or holding leads late in games. Fortunately for the team, this
is where Manning is at his best. Of the team's 9 regular season victories, he
led *6* 4th quarter comebacks. His<b id="yui_3_2_0_18_134220244320188">29 /
16[/b]touchdown to interception ratio was respectable. His average passing
yards per game was up 100 yards from the 2007 campaign to<b id="yui_3_2_0_18_134220244320193">308.3[/b]. His passer rating was<b id="yui_3_2_0_18_134220244320198">92.9[/b]. And once again Manning was great in
the playoffs. leading the team to *2* 4th quarter comebacks.

So if this
was Eli's response to not being included in 2011's best players, what's he going
to do after being rated at only 31 on the 2012 player's list?</div>
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I can't wait to see! Go get em Eli."
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VICTOR CRUZ A BARGAIN NOW, BUT MAYBE NOT IN 2013 (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82a95b70/article/victor-cruz-a-bargain-now-but-maybe-not-in-2013)

"Adjusted Cap Number: $122.743 million


Cap Room Remaining: $3.119 million</p>


Best Bargain: In what might be the biggest no-brainer in this entire
series, wide receiver Victor Cruz (/players/victorcruz/profile?id=CRU827288) was the best
bargain on the New York Giants' roster last year and, barring an extension this
season, will be one again in 2012. Cruz is coming off a breakout season in which
he <a id="yui_3_5_0_1_1342464948453_1216" href="http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=0&amp;season=2011&amp;seasonType=REG&amp; d-447263-n=1&amp;d-447263-o=2&amp;d-447263-p=1&amp;conference=null&amp;statisticCategory=RECEIVING&amp;d-447263-s=RECEIVING_RECEPTIONS">ranked
ninth in the NFL</a> with 82 passes for 1,536 receiving yards, the <a id="yui_3_5_0_1_1342464948453_1217" href="http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=0&amp;season=2011&amp;seasonType=REG&amp; d-447263-n=1&amp;d-447263-o=2&amp;d-447263-p=1&amp;statisticCategory=RECEIVING&amp;conference=null&amp;d-447263-s=RECEIVING_YARDS">third-highest
total in the league</a>. Cruz was also <a id="yui_3_5_0_1_1342464948453_1218" href="http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=0&amp;season=2011&amp;seasonType=REG&amp; d-447

Captain Chaos
07-17-2012, 06:21 AM
Thanks Roanoke!

RoanokeFan
07-17-2012, 11:57 AM
Thanks Roanoke!

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